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Acer S1003 User Manual

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  • Page 1 USER’S MANUAL...
  • Page 2 This revision: May 2016 Sign up for an Acer ID and enjoy great benefits Open the Acer Portal app to sign up for an Acer ID or sign in if you already have an Acer ID. There are three great reasons for you to get an Acer ID: •...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Taking care of your AC adapter ....8 Charging the battery ......... 43 Cleaning and servicing........ 8 Optimizing battery life ....... 44 Checking the battery level......45 Your Acer notebook tour Battery-low warning ........45 Front view ..........9 Traveling with your computer Rear view..........10 Disconnecting from the desktop ....
  • Page 4 4 - Table of contents Internet and online security Network connections......... 71 Surf the Net!..........73 First steps on the net ......69 Security ............. 73 Protecting your computer......69 Choose an Internet Service Provider ..69...
  • Page 5 • Where to find the power button, ports and connectors • Tips and tricks for using the touchpad and keyboard • How to create recovery backups • Guidelines for connecting to a network and using Bluetooth • Information on using Acer’s bundled software...
  • Page 6: First Things First

    6 - First things first I R S T T H I N G S F I R S T We would like to thank you for making this Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides...
  • Page 7: Basic Care And Tips For Using Your Computer

    First things first - 7 • Use the Windows shutdown command: Press the Windows key or select the Windows Start button, select Power > Shut down. • Right-click the Windows Start button > Shut down or sign out > Shut down. If you need to power down the computer for a short while, but don’t want to completely shut it down, you can put it to Sleep by doing any of the following:...
  • Page 8: Taking Care Of Your Ac Adapter

    3. Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. If your computer is dropped or visibly damaged, or does not work normally, please contact your nearest authorized Acer service center. For more information, please see Frequently asked questions on...
  • Page 9: Your Acer Notebook Tour

    O U R C E R N O T E B O O K T O U R After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Setup Guide, let us show you around your new Acer computer. Front view Icon...
  • Page 10: Rear View

    10 - Your Acer notebook tour Rear view Icon Item Description Web camera for video Webcam communication. Speakers Deliver stereo audio output. Top view Icon Item Description Turns the computer on and off; press again to place the computer in Sleep Power button mode.
  • Page 11: Bottom View

    Your Acer notebook tour - 11 Bottom view Icon Item Description Keyboard Connects to the keyboard. connector Keyboard hook Fastens to the keyboard. slots Left/right view Icon Item Description HDMI micro Supports high-definition digital video connector connections.
  • Page 12: Information On Usb 3.0

    12 - Your Acer notebook tour Icon Item Description Connects to USB devices. A micro USB to USB adapter is needed to Micro USB connect to USB devices. connector When using a USB port, it is recommended to plug in the power adapter.
  • Page 13: Keyboard Front View

    Your Acer notebook tour - 13 Keyboard front view Icon Item Description Keyboard hooks Fastens to the computer. For entering data into your computer. Keyboard See "Using the keyboard" on page Touch-sensitive pointing device. The touchpad and selection buttons form a single surface.
  • Page 14: 14 - Attaching And Detaching The Keyboard

    T T A C H I N G A N D D E T A C H I N G TH E K E Y B O A R D The Acer Smart Hinge makes attaching and detaching the keyboard fast and easy.
  • Page 15 Attaching and detaching the keyboard - 15 Detach the computer from the keyboard by lifting one corner to release it from the keyboard to function as a tablet You can also attach the computer to the keyboard facing outwards as a display.
  • Page 16: 16 - Using The Keyboard

    16 - Using the keyboard S I N G T H E K E Y B O A R D The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys. Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
  • Page 17: Hotkeys

    Using the keyboard - 17 Hotkeys The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness and volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination. Hotkey Icon Function Description...
  • Page 18: Windows Keys

    18 - Using the keyboard Windows keys The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions. Description Pressed alone it returns to the Start screen or to return to the last open app. Windows key It can also be used with other keys for special functions, please check Windows Help.
  • Page 19: Using The Precision Touchpad

    Using the Precision Touchpad - 19 S I N G T H E R E C I S I O N O U C H P A D The touchpad controls the arrow (or 'cursor') on the screen. As you slide your finger across the touchpad, the cursor will follow this movement.
  • Page 20: Changing Touchpad Settings

    20 - Using the Precision Touchpad Two-finger pinch Zoom in and out of photos, maps and documents with a simple finger-and-thumb gesture. Three-finger press Lightly tap the touchpad with three fingers to open Cortana (if your computer supports Cortana) or open the Action Center (if your computer does not support Cortana).
  • Page 21 Using the Precision Touchpad - 21 2. Select All settings. 3. Select Devices > Mouse & touchpad. 4. Now you can adjust the settings to suit your personal needs. You can change the primary button for left- or right-handed use, turn the touchpad off if you prefer to use a mouse, or set a delay to prevent...
  • Page 22 22 - Using the Precision Touchpad the cursor from moving if you accidentally tap the touchpad with your palm while working. Scroll down to see more settings.
  • Page 23: Recovery

    59) do not help, you can recover your computer. This section describes the recovery tools available on your computer. Acer provides Acer Care Center, which allows you to reset your PC, refresh your PC, or create a factory default backup. Note Acer Care Center is only available with a pre-installed Windows operating system.
  • Page 24 24 - Recovery 2. Select the Backup tab and click Get Started for Create Factory Default Backup to open the Recovery Drive window. 3. Make sure Backup system files to the recovery drive is selected and click Next. 4. Plug in the USB drive and wait for the PC to detect the USB drive then click Next.
  • Page 25 Recovery - 25 • Since the recovery backup requires at least 8 GB of storage after formatting, it is recommended to use a USB drive with a capacity of 16 GB or larger. 5. Everything on the drive will be deleted. Click Create to continue. 6.
  • Page 26: Backing Up Your Wireless And Lan Drivers

    LAN drivers if you install another operating system. 1. From Start, select All apps then Acer. Select Acer Recovery Management in the list of Acer apps. 2. Select the Backup tab and click Get started for Backup wireless and LAN drivers.
  • Page 27: Reset This Pc And Remove Everything

    8. When your PC has completed the reset process, Windows will have been reset back to its factory default settings without removing your personal files. Reset this PC and remove everything 1. From Start, select All apps then Acer. Select Acer Recovery Management in the list of Acer apps.
  • Page 28 28 - Recovery 2. Select the Restore tab and click Get Started to Choose an option. 3. Select Remove everything to reset your PC back to its factory default. This process will reinstall your operating system and remove all of your personal files, apps, and settings. 4.
  • Page 29 Recovery - 29 your computer. This process will take longer, but will be more secure. Warning Selecting "Remove files and clean the drive" will remove all of your personal files and accounts, along with pre-existing drivers that may affect your Windows installation. 5.
  • Page 30: 30 - Using A Bluetooth Connection

    30 - Using a Bluetooth connection S I N G A L U E T O O T H C O N N E C T I O N Bluetooth is a technology enabling you to transfer data wirelessly over short distances between many different types of devices.
  • Page 31 Using a Bluetooth connection - 31 3. Select the device you wish to pair from the list of discovered devices, and select Pair. 4. A code displays on your computer, which should match the code displayed on your device. Select Yes. Then, accept the pairing from your device.
  • Page 32: Connecting To The Internet

    Windows will detect and display a list of available networks during setup. Select your network and enter the password if required. Acer notebook computers feature an Airplane mode hotkey that turns the network connection on or off. You can use the network...
  • Page 33 Connecting to the Internet - 33 management options to turn your wireless network on/off or control what is shared over the network. To connect to a wireless network, please follow the steps below. 1. Ensure you have a wireless router/access point and current internet connection through the ISP of your choice.
  • Page 34 34 - Connecting to the Internet 4. Select Network & internet. 5. You will see a list of available wireless networks. Select the one you wish to use.
  • Page 35 Connecting to the Internet - 35 6. Once you select a wireless network, select Connect. 7. If required, enter the network’s password.
  • Page 36: 36 - Acer Bluelight Shield

    To configure Acer Bluelight Shield, Search for ’Acer Quick Access’. From here you can toggle Acer Bluelight Shield on or off, and you can choose from four different modes to fit your needs: No.
  • Page 37 - 37 Keeping your computer and data safe... In this section you will find: • How to secure your computer • Setting passwords • What you need to prepare when you’re traveling • How to get the most out of your battery...
  • Page 38: Securing Your Computer

    38 - Securing your computer E C U R I N G Y O U R C O MP U TE R Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of. Learn how to protect and take care of your computer. Using passwords Passwords protect your computer from unauthorized access.
  • Page 39 Securing your computer - 39 • Type the User Password and press <Enter> to use the computer. If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears. Try again and press <Enter>. Important You have three chances to enter a password. If you fail to enter the password correctly after three tries, the system halts.
  • Page 40: Bios Utility

    40 - BIOS utility B I O S U T I L I T Y The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's BIOS. Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not normally need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run it.
  • Page 41: Power Management

    Power management - 41 O W E R M A N A G E M E N T This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following devices: keyboard, mouse, hard disk, peripherals connected to the computer, and video memory.
  • Page 42 42 - Power management 5. Select Change settings that are currently unavailable. 6. Scroll down and disable Turn on fast startup. 7. Select Save changes.
  • Page 43: Battery Pack

    Battery pack - 43 A T T E R Y P A C K The computer uses an embedded Lithium battery that gives you long use between charges. Battery characteristics The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the AC adapter.
  • Page 44: Optimizing Battery Life

    44 - Battery pack Use this conditioning process for all new batteries, or if a battery hasn't been used for a long time. Warning Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0° C (32° F) or above 45° C (113° F). Extreme temperatures may adversely affect the battery pack.
  • Page 45: Checking The Battery Level

    Battery pack - 45 Checking the battery level The power meter indicates the current battery level. Rest the cursor over the battery/power icon on the taskbar to see the battery's present charge level. Battery-low warning When using battery power pay attention to the power meter. Important Connect the AC adapter as soon as possible after the battery-low warning appears.
  • Page 46: Traveling With Your Computer

    46 - Traveling with your computer R A V E L I N G W I T H Y O U R C O M P U T E R This section gives you tips and hints to consider when moving around or traveling with your computer.
  • Page 47: What To Bring To Meetings

    Traveling with your computer - 47 You can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing the Sleep hotkey or by closing the display. When you are ready to use the computer again, open the display and, if necessary, press and release the power button. Note The computer may enter Hibernation or Deep Sleep mode after being in Sleep mode for a period of time.
  • Page 48: What To Take With You

    48 - Traveling with your computer What to take with you Unless you have some items at home, take the following items with you: • AC adapter and power cord. • The printed Setup Guide. Special considerations Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and from work: •...
  • Page 49: Traveling With The Computer

    Traveling with your computer - 49 Traveling with the computer Important Check with your airline for any special requirements for travelling with Lithium batteries. When you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office building to a client's office building or traveling locally. Preparing the computer Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home.
  • Page 50: Preparing The Computer

    50 - Traveling with your computer Preparing the computer Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling. What to bring with you Bring the following items with you: • AC adapter. • Power cords that are appropriate for your destination(s). •...
  • Page 51 - 51 Ports and connectors... In this section you will find: • Information on the ports and connectors fitted to your computer...
  • Page 52: Hdmi Micro

    52 - HDMI Micro H D M I M I C R O HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a high-quality, digital audio/video interface. HDMI allows you to connect any compatible digital audio/video source, such as your computer, a set-top box, DVD player, and audio/video receiver to any compatible digital audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV) with a single cable.
  • Page 53: Micro Usb

    Micro USB - 53 U SB I C R O The USB (Universal Serial Bus) port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB peripherals without taking up system resources. The Micro USB port provides a compact port that is compatible with USB 2.0 devices.
  • Page 54: Universal Serial Bus (Usb)

    Note Two USB standards are currently available on Acer computers: USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) and USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB). USB 2.0 ports on Acer computers have a black tongue in the port, while USB 3.0 ports have a blue tongue. For best performance, USB 3.0 devices should always be plugged into USB 3.0 ports.
  • Page 55: Memory Card Reader

    Memory card reader - 55 E M O R Y C A R D R E A D E R Connectivity options Your computer has a card reader and other ports/jacks that allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer. For instructions on how to connect different external devices to the computer, read the following section.
  • Page 56 56 - Memory card reader (2 TB). Your computer provides an SDHC or SDXC compatible card reader. Note SDXC memory cards can only be used in an SDXC-compatible reader; SD and SDHC cards can be used in either type. Removing a card from a memory card reader 1.
  • Page 57: Video And Audio Connectors

    Video and audio connectors - 57 I D E O A N D A U D I O C O N N E C T O R S Connect to a monitor with a VGA or DVI port (the type of connection supported depends your...
  • Page 58 58 - Got a question? In this section you will find: • Frequently asked questions • Tips for using Windows 10 • Troubleshooting information • How to protect yourself while online • Where to find Acer service center contact information...
  • Page 59: Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently asked questions - 59 R E Q U E N TL Y A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer.
  • Page 60 Before performing a restore operation, please check the BIOS settings. 1. Check to see if Acer disk-to-disk recovery is enabled or not. 2. Make sure the D2D Recovery setting in Main is Enabled.
  • Page 61: Requesting Service

    Frequently asked questions - 61 Note To access the BIOS utility, press <F2> when you see the Acer logo during boot up. For more information, see Restoring your computer on page Requesting service International Travelers Warranty (ITW) Your computer is backed by an International Travelers Warranty (ITW) that gives you security and peace of mind when traveling.
  • Page 62: Tips And Hints For Using Windows 10

    F r e qu e nt ly a sk 62 - Frequently asked questions Tips and hints for using Windows 10 We know this is a new operating system that will take some getting used to, so we've created a few pointers to help you get started. How do I get to Start? Tap the Start button on the lower left-hand corner of the screen.
  • Page 63 Frequently asked questions - 63 To change the background, tap the Windows Start button and tap Settings > Personalization. From here you can: • Select a background image for the lock screen • Turn the Slide show on or off •...
  • Page 64: How Do I Set The Alarm

    64 - Frequently asked questions How do I set the alarm? Your computer can act as an alarm clock. Start typing ’Alarms’ to search for the Alarms app. 1. Select a name for the alarm. 2. Set the time by choosing the hour and minute. 3.
  • Page 65: What Is A Microsoft Id (Account)

    Frequently asked questions - 65 How do I make an app appear on Start? If you're in All apps and you want to make an app appear on Start, tap and hold the app until you see the screen dim. When you release the app, tap Pin to Start from the menu that appears.
  • Page 66: How Do I Check For Windows Updates

    Tap the Windows Start button > Settings > Update & recovery > Windows Update. Tap Advanced options to configure the settings. Where can I get more information? For more information please visit the following pages: • Windows 10 information: • Support FAQs:
  • Page 67: Troubleshooting

    Fr eq u en tl y as ked qu es t io ns Frequently asked questions - 67 Troubleshooting This chapter shows you how to deal with common system problems. Read it before calling a technician if a problem occurs. Solutions to more serious problems require opening up the computer.
  • Page 68 68 - Frequently asked questions Error messages Corrective action Keyboard error or no Contact your dealer or an authorized service keyboard connected center. Keyboard interface Contact your dealer or an authorized service error center. Press <F2> (during POST) to enter the BIOS Memory size utility, then press Exit in the BIOS utility to mismatch...
  • Page 69 Internet and online security - 69 N T E R N E T A N D O N L I N E S E C U R I T Y First steps on the net Protecting your computer It is vital to protect your computer from viruses and attacks over the internet (see Security on page 73).
  • Page 70 70 - Internet and online security internet as the connection speed is low and connection time is typically charged per hour. DSL (e.g. ADSL) DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is an ‘always-on’ connection that runs over the phone line. As DSL and phone do not use the same frequencies, you can use your telephone at the same time you are connected to the internet (this requires a ‘micro-filter’...
  • Page 71 Internet and online security - 71 Network connections A LAN (Local Area Network) is a group of computers (for example, within an office building or home) that share a common communications line and resources. When you set up a network, you can share files, peripheral devices (such as a printer) and an internet connection.
  • Page 72 72 - Internet and online security services. Read carefully the documentation supplied with your Access point/router for detailed setup instructions. Network cable (RJ45) A network cable (also called RJ45 cable) is used to connect the host computer to the access point (see illustration below); this type of cable may also be used to connect peripheral devices to the access point.
  • Page 73 Security You are probably eager to explore everything the internet has to offer. In order for you to be safe online, Acer has pre-installed McAfee Internet Security Suite on your computer. McAfee Internet Security Suite runs quietly in the background to block today’s complex threats and protect your identity when you shop,...
  • Page 74 Note Acer guarantees that your computer was 100% virus free at the time of purchase and does not cover damages due to viruses. What is spyware? Spyware refers to generally unwanted programs that are downloaded onto your computer while connected to the internet, often without you knowing it.
  • Page 75 Internet and online security - 75 would allow it (i.e. a game connecting to a multi-player server or an encyclopaedia making a content update). How to protect your computer Cybercrime prevention can be straight-forward - when armed with a little technical advice and common sense, many attacks can be avoided.
  • Page 76 A complete version of McAfee Internet Security Suite is pre-installed on your Acer system. It includes a free trial subscription to protection updates. Make sure you Activate it! Choose strong passwords and keep them safe Passwords are a fact of life on the internet today;...
  • Page 77 Internet and online security - 77 of your online accounts, one of the first steps you can take is to change your password. Protect your personal information Exercise caution when sharing personal information such as your name, home address, phone number, and email address online. To take advantage of many online services, you will inevitably have to provide personal information in order to handle billing and shipping of purchased goods.
  • Page 78 78 - Internet and online security not The "s" stands for secure and should appear when you are in an area requesting you to login or provide other sensitive data. Another sign that you have a secure connection is the small lock icon in the bottom of your web browser (usually the right-hand corner).
  • Page 79 Internet and online security - 79 Additionally, many banks and services use fraud prevention systems that call out unusual purchasing behavior (i.e. if you live in Texas and all of the sudden start buying refrigerators in Budapest). In order to confirm these out of the ordinary purchases, they might call you and ask you to confirm them.

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